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Cozy Spots Feature Image

This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “cozy spots.” Check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured.

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

2-1 Cozy Spot Kickoff Image - Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits - (at) chieners

This week, we kicked off our “cozy spots” challenge with this awesome photo of Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits in Chicago by @chieners!

Milltown coffee - (at) kjackson1991

How comfy does this photo of Milltown Coffee look from @kjackson1991? It fits our “cozy spot” theme perfectly!

Blue Bird Beat Cafe - (at) marissadta

Instagramer @marissadta captured this awesome photo at the Blue Bird Beat Café in Aurora!

Julius Meinl - (at) pdbminer

Great capture at the Julius Meinl in Chicago by @pdbminer! Nothing says cozy like a warm cup of coffee.

The Coffee Hub - (at) kjackson1991

Here’s another cozy photo from @kjackson1991 of The Coffee Hub in Lacon!

Saint Charles Last Year - (at) yoga.gal

Love this throwback photo of St. Charles during last year’s snow storm by @yoga.gal!

Soho House - (at) reed.schmidt

How cozy does Soho House in Chicago look? Thanks for sharing @reed.schmidt!

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Illinois Presidents Feature Image

Illinois has a history as rich as its food – and if you don’t believe us, just take a trip to Springfield and grab a horseshoe sandwich! Illinois is home to some of the United States’ most famous presidents, and history buffs can find information about these American leaders in all corners of the state.

But, if quirky facts are more your style, take a look below at a few little known details about these great American leaders.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, 1861-1865

Likely the mostly widely recognized Illinoisan, Abraham Lincoln is more than just a former president: he is a state icon. But, Honest Abe is not just known for his policy. With his large frame and long limbs, the tallest president of the U.S. is also enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame. According to history.com, Lincoln has an impressive track record of only being defeated once in nearly 300 matches.

Learn more about Lincoln at one of these exciting Springfield attractions:

MiniAbe Big Ten

Mini Abe knows he’s number one!

Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, 1869-1877

Think you know what to call the 18th Commander in Chief of the United States? Guess again. Due to a mistake by a benefactor on his application for West Point, Ulysses S. Grant is widely known under the wrong name. Born Hiram Ulysses Grant, the “S” in this president’s name actually stands for nothing.

Take a walk through Galena and get a glimpse at a day in the life of this American leader:

Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, 1981-1989

Ronald Reagan has left a lasting impression in American history books and on the silver screen, but among former peers and colleagues, President Reagan is known for his sweet tooth. This former Commander in Chief began eating jelly beans to help him quit smoking during his run for Governor of California. This continued into his presidency, and a crystal jar of jelly beans was always available during his Cabinet meetings.

Get off the beaten path and take a look at Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon.

Ronald Reagan boyhood home

Stop by to learn more about Reagan’s transition from this white house to one in Washington, D.C. and everything in between.

Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, 2008-2016

Too much of a good thing can sometimes be just that: way too much. Our nation’s current president reportedly worked for Baskin Robbins during his youth, and it’s left quite the impression. He now jokes that he still can’t eat ice cream to this day after spending one too many summers scooping ice cream in Honolulu.

Be sure to stop by the Obama Family Home in Hyde Park on your next trip to Chicago to learn more about the life of President Obama, and stay tuned for the Obama Presidential Library coming to Chicago!

For more trip ideas, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Winter Adventure Feature Image

This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “winter adventure.” Check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured.

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

1-25 Springbrook Praire Forest

We kicked off this week’s “winter adventure” challenge with this gorgeous photo of Springbrook Prairie Forest by @dupageforest.

Blackwell Lake, Warrenville- (at) nicu2001

Shout out to @nicu2001 for capturing this fiery sunset at Blackwell Lake in Warrenville!

Country Lane Woods (at) genevievebook

We love this shot of a pup exploring icy Country Lane Woods by @genevievebook!

Fabyan Forest Preserve (at) jlishamer

How awesome this is this black and white shot of Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva by @jilshamer?

Following coyoyte tracks in Lake County(at) irishvikingdesigns

Instagramer @irishvikingdesigns went exploring in Lake County and captured this cool shot.

Lake Michigan (at) pretzelbuns

Stunning shot of icy Lake Michigan in Chicago from @pretzelbuns!

Oak Street Beach Sunrise (at) norafio

We can’t get enough of this sunset shot over Lake Michigan at Oak Street Beach in Chicago from @norafio!

Rock Cut State Park(at) hcotten13

Instagramer @hcotten13 had a winter adventure at Rock Cut State Park outside Rockford.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Bloomington Getaway Feature Image

Kick off 2016 and beat cabin fever by treating that special someone to a romantic weekend away. The city of Bloomington offers you and your loved one a getaway with big historical charm and a small town feel.

Check out some of the top places to stay, cultural landmarks to see, unique restaurants to visit and perfect date night activities here!

Vrooman Mansion Bed & Breakfast

With a charming history dating back to 1869, the Vrooman Mansion is a luxurious bed and breakfast nestled in the heart of Bloomington. Under the legacy of Julia and Carl Vrooman, the mansion was used for social gatherings for the couple’s friends, including political figures like President and Mrs. Wilson, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others. Today, this lavish estate offers visitors the chance to experience a powerful part of history.

Vrooman Mansion - (at) acschultz86

The Vrooman Mansion allows guests to explore the fine restaurants, shops, and attractions of Central Illinois while providing a welcoming and comfortable home base. (Photo by Instagramer (at) aschultz86)

Epiphany Farms Restaurant

Dine like a local at Epiphany Farms Restaurant, a dining experience committed to a “Farm to Fork” concept. This Bloomington favorite offers seasonal dinner menus and creates signature dishes and drinks with handpicked ingredients straight from their farm, ensuring your date night dinner is both fresh and delicious.

Epiphany Farms - (at) leah_horcher

Instagramer (at) leah_horcher captured this yummy shot of Blackberry panna cotta, honey-yogurt, almond florentine, fresh blueberry, mint and mochi.

David Davis Mansion

A weekend away in Bloomington wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the David Davis Mansion, a Victorian home that tells the story of the generation that led United States through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Home to Judge David Davis, mentor and campaign manager to Abraham Lincoln, this must-see historical landmark boasts 36 lavishly decorated rooms and a peek into Davis’ role in Honest Abe’s legal and political career.

David Davis Mansion - (at) ctbruni

Completed in 187, the David Davis Mansion combines Italiante and Second Empire architectural features. (Photo by Instagramer (at) ctbruni)

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

You don’t need to visit a big city to see a critically-acclaimed musical show. Grab tickets for you and your partner to enjoy the diverse repertoire of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra to complete a romantic weekend away in Bloomington.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating its 23rd season, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs at several local venues, including the Second Presbyterian Church and Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. (Photo Courtesy of Illinois Symphony Orchestra)

For more romantic getaway inspiration, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Round Feature Image

This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “round.” Check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured.

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

Kickoff Image Chicago Cultural Center - juliaswan_

This week, we kicked off our “round” challenge with this incredible photo of the Tiffany glass ceiling at the Chicago Cultural Center by @juliaswan_!

Primrose Farm - (at) yoga.gal

How beautiful is this snowy scene at Primrose Farm in St. Charles by @yoga.gal? These wagon wheels dusted in snow fit our “round” theme perfectly!

Opdyke - (at) morgahnzedalis

Check out this field of dandelions in Opdyke by @morgahnzedalis!

Donut - (at) sauk_it_to_me

How cool is this giant pink donut and sign for a donut eating contest in Northern Illinois? (Photo: @sauk_it_to_me)

Lincoln Park Conservatory - (at) niloodn

Instagramer @niloodn captured this shot at the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago!

Frozen Tree - (at) daniel_eidsmoe

We love this up close shot of frozen berries on a tree in Bloomington-Normal by @daniel_eidsmoe!

Navy Pier - (at) ashvinlad

Instagramer @ashvinlad shared this sunny photo of the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Snowy Scene - (at) julio_guerrero_photography

We love this snowy scene and round halo over the sun in Northern Illinois! (Photo: (at) julio_guerrero_photography)

-Illinois Office of Tourism